Finding Freedom Under the Spotlight
Release Date: September 24, 2004
Starring: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas,
Lela Rochon, and Michael
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG for language, sexual
situations and alcohol-related
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Forest Whitaker
John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Mike
Karz, and Arnon Milchan
Producer: John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Mike
Karz, and Arnon
Milchan EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Jeffrey Downer, Jerry
O'Connell and Forest Whitaker
Writer: Jessica Bendinger and Kate
Kondell BASED ON THE NOVEL BY:
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch
Peter Chernin, President/COO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
Samantha meets a charming, gallant boy, and they take an interest in each other. Later she finds out that he is not a student at all but an undercover Secret Service agent. She fears she will never be normal, and she feels hurt that her father, the president, deceived her.
The movie’s focus wanders from subplot to subplot without any of them capturing the audience’s attention. The principal conflict is that her father won’t relax the security on her, but she always accepts and understands the conflict, which makes it a minor conflict without much action, not the stuff of interesting movies. What’s worst is that the dialogue is dull and stupid, prompting even the least jaded audience members to flinch with embarrassment for the actors having to say the lines.
Ethically, the movie is typical Romanticist pap. She wants to find her freedom, which means being allowed to do whatever she wants, such as drinking and being with her Secret Service boyfriend are her fondest desires. Samantha marks some moral boundaries, though, as she convinces her roommate to respect herself and not let boys use her.
Katie Holmes is a lot more talented than this movie would make her seem, as evidenced in PIECES OF APRIL. Hopefully this will be the last of her teen exploitation movies that seek to part young girls from their parents’ money.
FIRST DAUGHTER is a boring movie but not terribly offensive. Younger children should be kept away because of the frequent alcohol use.
Ethically, the movie is typical Romanticist pap. The “First Daughter” wants to find her freedom, which means being allowed to do whatever she wants. Drinking and being with her boyfriend are her desires. Samantha marks some moral boundaries, though, as she convinces her roommate to respect herself and not let boys use her. The film is poorly made because its focus wanders and the conflict is unclear. Worst is the dialogue, which is bad enough to make even the least jaded audience members flinch. FIRST DAUGHTER is a boring movie but not terribly offensive. Younger children should be kept away because of frequent alcohol use.